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Could Mayan Flowers Really Be Vaginas?

by Jennifer Ball Sept. 20, 2011


Is this really a Water Lily? Especially considering the package this jaguar is sporting? (See reddened circle right.) The bisymmetry of the u uay character, third down, also bespeaks women. Picture on right from Michael D. Coes Breaking the Maya Code (New York, Thames and Hudson, 1992), page 257.

Michael Coe quotes a young epigrapher on page 272 of Breaking the Maya Code: Shouldnt we be looking at how other scholars deal with other literate civilizations, such as those of Mesopotamia and China? There might be important lessons here. Indeed, if we look at Sumerian cuneiform, there are many incidences of vaginas in all forms of words, such as spouse, sluice, waterfall, merchant, etc. If we look at Chinese characters, there are many incidences of women as conceptual underpinnings of major ideas, boggy, adultery, jealousy, etc. So it seems odd that when I search the Maya dictionary for vagina, breast, milk, genitalia, nothing comes up. Could we be misinterpreting a character, flower perhaps, for vagina or a women signifier?

http://research.famsi.org/montgomery_dictionary/ mt_entry.php?id=669&lsearch=n&search=flower The above character is a Maya glyph for flower, son. Is that a mouth this flower/ son has, or is this glyph showing a breast at the face of the son? Left is the Sumerian cuneiform for child, son, daughter. I have rotated it 90 cw to match the Maya depiction above. The Sumerian depiction, though a cruder drawing of a child, still depicts a face with eyes, and what would seem to be two breasts at the bottom of the cuneiform. Considering that both of these depictions mean child, comparing them for similarities is not unreasonable. The dumu child cuneiform is from the Pennsylvania Sumerian Dictionary (http://psd.museum.upenn.edu)
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A Page of Penises
from the Dictionary of Maya Hieroglyphs.

A Page of Flowers
from the Dictionary of Maya Hieroglyphs.

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